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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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4.2l intake gasket swap

hi there, recently purchased a 1997 f150 with 4.2 and a 5speed with 268 k. i,m just wondering if there are any visual clues i can look for that would indicate if the intake and timing cover gaskets have already been replaced. i,d hate to pull it apart for no reason

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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welcome fellow edmonton
i wouldnt even worry about it just swap in a 5.4L 3v easy peasy and cheap.



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hey , you are reading my mind but i'm gonna have fun with 4.2 for a while . i will remember that you said easy swap
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Keep an eye on your coolant overflow bottle. If you have to keep topping it up frequently and there are no visible signs of a leak then they probably haven't been changed since its still leaking into the #1 & #4 cylinders, last thing you need is to hydrolock the motor. If you replace them go with the Ford gaskets not the Felpro ones.


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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the tip, gonna put some miles on this weekend and get a feel for what it might need for maintenance, it's in nice shape but you never know what might lurk underneath
btw.. have you had any issues with your locker? gonna be my first upgrade

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Only "issue" I had was the instructions forgot to add one important piece of info. It said to replace the diff oil with factory standard OEM stuff. Which in our case is the synth stuff. This is wrong. Once i had it installed there was a weird noise coming from the rear diff, kinda like if you were going in reverse in a manual trans at high speed. I called Eaton and asked why. The response was if you put anything but conventional diff oil with the TruTrac you will get this noise. No friction modifier either. So I took it back to the shop, had them drain it, steam clean it and put it back together with just 70w90 conventional diff oil and its been trouble free and quiet ever since.

The only weak spot I can see with your truck is the manual trans. The M5OD is ok but not really tough enough to take alot of abuse. After all its a Mazda tranny.


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ya that is pretty important info to leave out but good to hear no other problems. as far as the tranny goes , it is what it is. i guess i'll have to limit my redline clutch dumps to one a day lol
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While you have the rear diff apart you might as well upgrade the gears too. I went from 3.08 to 3.73 and mpg loss is barely noticable, maybe 10-20 km per tank.


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